Jerry Saltz, the inimitable New York magazine critic who should only be taken so seriously on Facebook, recently put out the word that he wants a Gerhard Richter badly enough that he would gladly pay $1,000 for a convincing forgery.
The jumping off point for this Richter lust was a clip from the new movie Gerhard Richter — Painting on Nowness. Mr. Saltz went on to say:
“I have always wanted to know exactly how Richter makes these beauties. This little 3-min clip gives an idea of how he does it. Offer: I will pay anyone here $1000.00 plus all-materials if you can make me a Richter that looks EXACTLY like an abstract Richter – more or less indistinguishable from the real thing. (You can sign your own name on the back of the damn thing; I just love these and want on…e.) – Below is link to a longer clip of where this film comes from. Offer: $1000.00 plus materials. I’d like a biggish one. I don’t like the green he’s working on in the whole middle of this film. The last one is nice…
A condition: I don’t pay unless two other people agree that your finsihed version is ‘more or less indistinguishable from a real abstract Richter.’ Deal?”
Again, the real takeaway here is that Richter is good and that Mr. Saltz likes him. He has, in the past, offered $10,000 to anyone who can prove the idea that “painting is dead.”